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Watchet Boat Museum, Watchet
(2.9/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
Watchet Boat Museum is a small museum in Watchet, Somerset, England.It is housed in the 1862 Victorian architecture former railway goods shed of Watchet railway station, which is today located on the heritage West Somerset Railway.The exhibits include several types of boats found locally and associated artefacts, photographs and charts, plus nets and other items associated with their use. There are displays of maps, knotwork and boards showing the various uses of withy. There is also an example of a mudhorse which is a wooden sledge is propelled across the mudflats to collect fish from nets.The museum specialises in the shallow draft Flatner, a form of vessel once prevalent in the Bridgwater Bay and adjacent coastal areas. Flatners are small double-ended boats with no keel.Withy Boats and Turf Boats, which were between 16ft and 20ft long, were used on the Somerset Levels to carry peat and withies to market. They were built from elm boards or clinker and were pulled along the banks of the drainage ditches on the levels.River boats had a similar construction, but the bottom was curved to allow them to be launched down sloping muddy banks of rivers including the River Parrett, where they were used for Salmon fishing.
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TripAdvisor
  • A good idea, a few boats in a boat shed. Some activities for children, including signal flags to make a message. Staff not very welcoming 
  • This museum really gives you an insight into what trades used to happen in the area - apart from fishing for salmon, eel and prawns, there was peat harvesting in the Somerset Levels. It's all very wel...  more »
  • This is a fascinating place - loads of photos and you get a real feel for the local way of life going back over 100yrs. It's not just about boats, it covers other trades such as peat-cutting by which ...  more »
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  • Very small but informative and free, has recently had a lot of money spent on a refurbishment